Security sources reveal that despite attempts by authorities to stamp out the ominous menace of drugs and protect society from the deleterious effects of drug consumption, the usage of drugs, especially among young Kuwaitis is on the rise.

Though security personnel are exerting the utmost effort to monitor and eradicate the phenomena in the country, drugs are now reportedly being sold in the open, with the trade taking place at specific locations known to users and sellers in places such as Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, Farwaniya, Khaitan and Jahra.

It is quite alarming that in a small country such as Kuwait, around 1,000 Kuwaitis and expatriates of both sexes have been referred to the General Department for Drug Control (GDDC) during the first eight months of 2019 — some on suspicion of drug abuse and others for possessing various types of drugs and psychotropic substances.

General Administration of Customs has been working tirelessly to stop the smuggling of narcotics into the country, and police detectives have arrested many drug smugglers and traders over the years. But the increasing availability of drugs in the market, suggests that there could be loopholes along the border that the authorities need to find and plug urgently, or more menacingly, there could be narcotics manufacturing facility within the country.

Either way, it looks like we will have to live with the drug menace. The best protection from drugs is for each family to ensure that no one in the family uses drugs, or if someone uses it then immediately encourage them to seek medical help.

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